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Air Marshal VR Chaudhari | Twitter/@PIB_India

Air Marshal Chaudhari knows the mess IAF is in. Must push the govt for more fighter aircraft

The IAF chief has his platter full to transform it into a modern fighting force, capable of not just defending its borders but also for force projection outside.
The first of five Rafale fighter jets, travelling from France, touches down at Ambala air base in Haryana | PTI

Rafale, S-400 or C-295, all came from out-of-the-box thinking. India should do it more often

Recent defence deals have been successful only because they were made through unconventional means, circumventing the long and tedious procurement processes.
Russia's S-400 air defence system

Russia a forever partner but defence ties with India seems to have run its course

Indian defence establishment has already made up its mind about what it wants from Moscow now.
Army chief General M.M. Naravane is among the handful of officers allowed to interact with the press | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Gen Naravane urged to drop L1 regime from defence procurement. That’s just one problem area

What Naravane stated publicly has been rued for years, in private, in the defence establishment.
External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar and Afghanistan reconciliation leader Abdullah Abdullah in New Delhi on 23 July. | Photo: Twitter/@DrJaishankar

India right to wait till Taliban comes in full view. No need to rush into an ‘Afghan strategy’

A pro-Pakistan government in Afghanistan will be a disaster for India. Because China too will be controlling Kabul through Islamabad. But Delhi right to 'wait and watch'.

Soft kill or hard kill, there’s no foolproof system to counter drones. India needs R&D

In itself, the Jammu attack did not cost much but it has forced India to eventually spend a lot of money to counter the threat of drones.
Representational image. | Special Operation Group using drones to monitor a curfew imposed by the administration, in Srinagar in August 2020. | Photo: ANI

India needs to shop for anti-drone systems. And we are already late

Despite DRDO's existing system to jam and take down drones, which was employed during the PM's Independence Day speech at Red Fort last year, why was it not procured?
Representational image of an Indian Army convoy moving through Ladakh | Photo: ANI

Joint military command is the future but India can’t rush into it

The amalgamation of 19 military commands into a cohesive joint or theatre command will be India's biggest defence reform. The challenge will be to take everyone along.
Dhanush artillery guns | Ministry of Defence

India’s artillery modernisation programme must not go the vaccine way

Rather than working in silos, the Army and the govt must look at the fastest way possible to realise Field Artillery Rationalisation Programme, designed in 1999.
File photo of CDS Gen Bipin Rawat visiting the DRDO Hospital in Delhi| Twitter/adgpi

Pandemic not the time to remove top Army doctor—why DGAFMS must report to armed forces

With the formation of the DMA and CDS, the Directorate General of Armed Forces Service should have been moved instantly under the armed forces.

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Also read: Sandwiched between Xi, Putin, Imran in Bishkek, Modi learnt an important political lesson

Putin’s visit is a defining moment for India-Russia ties. It’s a telling message to China

Russian president’s visit comes at a time when geopolitical friendships are in a state of flux. But Putin and Modi won’t loosen their very special embrace.
File photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin, in Brazil. | ANI

What’s the hype about 2+2 talks India’s holding with US, Japan, Australia & now Russia

After India-Russia 2+2 talks, there will be four countries with which India will have a similar format of dialogue involving the foreign as well as defence ministers from both sides.

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File image of Russia's S-400 Triumf multi-layered air defence system | Photo: Snehesh Alex Philip | ThePrint

From buyer of military goods, India wants to become Russia’s ‘development & production’ partner

India & Russia are looking at signing a defence logistics exchange pact when President Putin comes calling, with a ceremonial handing over of S-400 Triumf air defence systems likely too.

Yes, UPA’s dead. But here’s what Mamata, PK are saying about Congress & why that’s right too

Even in its second successive annihilation by BJP, Congress retained a solid block of 20% votes. That’s why all of BJP’s victims want the Congress at the core of their challenge.
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